Watch ECZ over printing ballot papers in Dubai – VJ

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VJ Mwaanga

VJ Mwaanga

Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga has advised election stakeholders to verify facts that the Dubai-based firm which the Electoral Commission of Zambia has decided to award a tender for the printing of ballot papers for the August polls is the same company that printed ballots for the controversial disputed election in Uganda in February this year.

And Mwaanga has advised Zambians to watch ECZ, warning that its insistence on printing ballot papers in Dubai against the will of stakeholders is poisoning the election atmosphere.

Civil society and political parties in Uganda have revealed that some ballot papers printed by Dubai-based Alghurairi Printing and Publishing LLC landed in wrong hands in that country before elections and further allegations were made to the effect that some ballot papers were even pre-marked.

But the ECZ has maintained that there is nothing wrong with printing ballot papers in Dubai as long as stakeholders will be allowed to monitor the process.

The commission went further to give a 10-day period in which any objections to the proposed award could be raised.

“If there will be no objections raised by other bidders who lost out, then the Dubai-based printing company will be expected to print and deliver ballot papers, candidate posters and blind votes templates for the August 11, 2016 general elections at a cost of over US$3 million,” stated a ECZ notice.

But Mwaanga challenged stakeholders to countercheck and ascertain whether Alghurairi Printing and Publishing LLC was the one that printed ballot papers for the 2016 Uganda general elections.

“It is important that stakeholders verify this Dubai company. I challenge the stakeholders to verify because there are reports that it is the same company that printed ballot papers in Uganda,” Mwaanga warned.

He said ECZ was being insensitive by ignoring realities on the ground and insisting on printing ballot papers in Dubai.

“The insistence by the ECZ to print ballot papers in Dubai without consulting or listening to the concerns of stakeholders is tantamount to arrogance and insensitivity, which defies realities on the ground and poisons the election atmosphere in the country. These officials who run our elections are public servants, paid by taxpayers to run elections on behalf of the people of Zambia and have a duty to listen to the people’s representative when they have concerns and ensure that these concerns are taken into serious considerations,” Mwaanga said.

“Yes, ECZ has the responsibility to print ballot papers by law and decide where to print them. The moral of the matter is that they don’t print ballot papers for themselves, but for the people of Zambia who employ them to run elections. It is a fact that the Alghuraiar Printing and Publishing Plc is the same company which printed ballot papers for the Uganda 2016 elections which landed in wrong hands in Uganda just before the elections amid allegations by opposition parties and civil society organisations that the government of President Yoweri Museveni kept printing additional ballot papers. Some of the ballots were pre-marked in favour of Museveni, according to testimony which was presented in court, when Museveni’s re-election was challenged by opposition parties. With this kind of reputation, why should ECZ be so adamant to use a company whose reputation is already under the spotlight?”

He feared that the elections would be disputed before they take place, a situation he described as undesirable.

Mwaanga said public institutions and officials should not bury their heads in the sand when stakeholders raise serious concerns.

“This is a democracy and not a one party state and they should make themselves open to listening to concerns of stakeholders who own the electoral process on behalf of the people. In a democracy, consultation and dialogue is part of the permanent menu on the national table, which must be respected by all without exception,” said Mwaanga.


11 Responses to Watch ECZ over printing ballot papers in Dubai – VJ

  1. For the first time in the history of this country, we are going to see a civil war. This country is going to be worse than Rwanda,Congo, Zimbabwe and Syria. It will be good so that people will learn something because the majority of the Zambians are so sleepy and very stupid. Let this VISIONLESS nincompoope rig the 11 August elections and see the fire he is going to ignite. Chikala iwe.

    April 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

  2. SsGwembe let war be in your house in Jesus name ,your words come back to you not Zambia ,people of Zambia are blessed except Satan who kills people we plead the blood of Jesus on Zambia .

    April 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  3. Does VJ agree that he used to rig elections, good he has demonstrated that he was stealing votes to win elections.
    It is sad that he can now show us how dirty his political had been.
    It is not something to be proud of he is no longer an honourable personality, how bad to end up like that.

    April 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    • Rigging is never good regardless of who the actor is. It is worse off when vision-less ones rig

      living legend
      April 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    • if a man is repented and wants to make things right,what is wrong with that,coz u and I can not see this but an expert daz,so his letting us kno how its done so we protect ourselves,and u find that wrong?

      April 17, 2016 at 6:55 am

  4. Let the ECZ respect the political players that are taking part in this years elections,why printing the ballot papers in Dubai ever since when example of countries that have printed ballot papers from Dubai have testified to have a lots of problem so you want even us in zambia to go through the same.In bemba they say UKWALI NSOKE TA KWAFWILE ABANTU.Find out the meaning of this proverb.

    April 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    • Ba VJ, just come out of retirement, instead of being a self proclaimed hypocritical “good governance” expert. What did you do when you were in Unip, Mmd, Mmd, & Mmd?

      HH azinama!
      April 17, 2016 at 2:51 am

  5. God, Give Us HH as Our Zambian President This Year

    Jata Noiluma
    April 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  6. ”Ukupesha lunshi kunyela patatu”Let ECZ allow HH,NAWAKWI and other political parties travel with BOMA ku Dubai and print these ballots in their presence and eyes.Let them travel with them to Zambia.Let them see where they will be kept.And then voting will commence.Whatever the results of the elections let the NOISE MAKERS accept the FINALE !!!!!!!!!

    until then
    April 17, 2016 at 8:39 am

  7. ECZ listen to the wish of zambians to avoid speculation. Dont protect your job but protect the peace of zambiaooooooo. We have only one Zambia One Nation pliz

    April 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm


    April 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm

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